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    New hd tv

    I am in the market for a new plasma 58in. tv and would like some input as to what make and model I should buy. I am considering the Pan. tcp58s1 but need more opinions baout all tvs.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirt10 View Post
    I am in the market for a new plasma 58in. tv and would like some input as to what make and model I should buy. I am considering the Pan. tcp58s1 but need more opinions baout all tvs.
    Thanks
    Save a bunch of money and get a much larger screen with a projector. The Panasonic AE4000 can be had for $2K (in the States and with the CDN$ at about par almost the same if you import it yourself) and can give you a 120" display that will knock your socks off.

    I built a home-made 111" screen for less than $150 that I'm pretty happy with.

    Mike

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    I own a Plasma ...

    Quote Originally Posted by squirt10 View Post
    I am in the market for a new plasma 58in. tv and would like some input as to what make and model I should buy. I am considering the Pan. tcp58s1 but need more opinions baout all tvs.
    Thanks
    I have owned two Plasma's, a 42" Panasonic which the kids now have, and a Samsung P58" which we are using now. The picture quality is outstanding on both of them. Having said that, I would buy LCD/LED now if I was in the market. Notwithstanding the other comment, no projection TV can focus sharply enough to come close to the picture quality of a true 1080p screen from any one of the top four or five manufacturers. Add to that the power consumption (my P58" added $20 a month to my power bill) and the heat generated by the large plasma sets and you quickly realize that green these aren't!

    The new LCD/LED sets have come way down in price and way up in picture quality in the last two years and with the higher refresh rates - 240hz - even the most demanding sports fan is happy with them. The contrast ratio's are quickly approaching that of the best Plasmas.

    My opinion with $1.60 still buys a coffee in most shops !


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    We use Samsung around work. Nice picture from what I have seen. Almost makes me want to get a new TV. Almost.

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    The refresh rate of lcds has always been a bone of contention with me as I watch mostly sports. I do prefer the plasmas and have saw the 2009 Pan. plasmas and they do have a great picture. I currently have a 42in. Commercial Panny which also gives a superb picture.
    I'll look into the led tvs.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by usbhubman View Post
    Notwithstanding the other comment, no projection TV can focus sharply enough to come close to the picture quality of a true 1080p screen from any one of the top four or five manufacturers.
    The Panasonic PT-AE4000 is not a projection TV, it is a true front projector.

    As for focus, you haven't seen one have you? I watched The African Queen on Blu-Ray last night and the picture was spectacular. The picture was so clear and focused, you could see the grit on Bogey's whiskers. (An aside, this restoration looks fantastic. Probably much better than anyone has ever seen it before, including 1st run in theatres.)

    Take a look at a projector. Enormous screen, small cost, outstanding picture quality.

    Mike

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    Will do ...

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeSargent View Post
    .. snip ... snip

    Take a look at a projector. Enormous screen, small cost, outstanding picture quality. Mike
    I will. Thought you were talking about one of those ceiling mounted jobs that project onto a pull down screen. Have to stop 'assuming' !!




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    Exclamation

    Huh, that's exactly what he's talking about, a front projector....

    This is the PT-AE3000U




    Check out the reviews...
    http://www.projectorreviews.com/pana...4000/index.php

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    No experience whatsoever ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Dede View Post
    Huh, that's exactly what he's talking about, a front projector....snip .. snip
    I have no experience with these. The only one I can ever remember even seeing first hand was in one of those 'dream homes' the lotteries have. It looked like s**t. Glubes might have one, I'll check next time I'm over there.

    The cost of a new lamp every couple of years, plus the cost of the long HDMI cables and the mess of either ceiling or back of the room wiring would tend to turn me off. This could quickly become a real expensive exercise to do well.

    I'm assuming that people sitting off to the side start losing brightness pretty fast. Again I post the picture of my 58" set which is watchable from virtually any spot in our decent sized living room. I came close to buying a large DLP several years ago but the requirement to be seated directly in front of the set turned us in different directions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by usbhubman View Post
    I have no experience with these. ... I'm assuming ...
    Things have changed a lot. The current projectors are bright enough that high-gain screens are not needed, so off-angle viewing is still excellent. As for long HDMI cables, how does $100 sound? That's about what I paid for a 45' certificed cable from Blue Jeans Cables. I won't argue the bulb costs, but with 3,000 hours (in economy mode; which is plenty bright enough), that works out to just 13 cents per hour (having a single soft drink per 2 hour movie is actually more costly; beer or liquor is a lot more).

    I'm having friends over for a movie night tonight. So, hop in your car and drive over here and check it out. Kemptville is only a 12 hour drive for you. OK, maybe you can find something a little closer.

    Really, anyone considering a big TV should really take a serious look at a front projector. They give a much larger image, excellent quality, and are cheaper than a big TV.

    Besides, what TV out there can show a Cinemascope movie using the full screen (no black bars)? I have a 2.4:1 screen (home built) so wide screen movies look perfect.

    Mike

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